By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — During a Nov. 21 special meeting of the Marshfield city council, city leaders approved the 2018 city budget, increasing property tax by just less than 1 percent.
Following a public hearing held earlier that evening, void of public comment, the council finalized and adopted its annual budget of $46,972,219, which resulted in a tax levy of $12,791,855.
The original budget proposal called for a nearly 2 percent increase in the tax rate — to $9.29 per $1,000 of assessed value — but general transportation aid from the state came in higher than expected: nearly $130,000.
The adopted levy will increase property tax from $9.12 to $9.20 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2018.
The resolution setting the 2018 budget and determining the levy amount was passed in a unanimous vote by council members, with Aldermen Chris Jockheck and Jason Zaleski absent.